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An unbearable glance by Govinda Das

Srila Prabhupada’s Penetrating Vision

Nara Narayan: The minute I sincerely begged, his eyes floated around to the side and he looked at me. I froze. That moment seemed like an eternity. He neither beckoned nor rejected, just observed. My whole system collapsed from the inside out. I said, “Oh my God.” All sorts of confusing emotions ran through me. I thought, “I…

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Kirtan: Are there rules? By Rasananda das

“How any spiritual activity should be done is understood from three sources: saintly persons, standard scriptures and the spiritual master”. (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.28.4, purport)

Proper sankirtan – a phrase used by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati in his Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam and by Lord Caitanya Himself – means certain tunes, certain instruments, a…

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What We Eat, And What Our Lordships “Eat” By Kesava Krsna Dasa

Some of our pujaris insist that only white flour and white sugar should be used in bhoga offerings for our Lordships, while many of us, being health conscious, will avoid eating such adulterated or suspicious foods. Should we feel a guilty conscience if we eat healthily, but the Lord does not?

One may say that Srila Prabhupada liked white flour, but did not his…

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Tired but Tolerant Travel

 
Everyone I know or talk to, on any lengthy air trip, comes out looking and feeling like a zombie.  Of course that's so because we are not meant to be in the air.  The only person I know who soars smoothly in the air is Vishnu Himself,…
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West Bengal Minister of Tourism visits Mayapur!

Honorable Minister of Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal, Mr. Gautam Deb visited ISKCON Mayapur. He attended temple arthis, had a tour of ToVP, Goshala, Srila Prabhupada Pushpa Samadhi Mandir, Gurukula, bhajan kutir, Ganga ghat and full dome theatre. He actively participated in developing Mayapur and viewed presentations on various projects of Mayapur.

He noted in guestbook that, “I stayed two days long with my…

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Savitri Devi Dasi from ISKCON Philadelphia Passed Away

By Sangita devi dasi

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, Her Grace Savitri devi dasi, a beloved member of our ISKCON Philadelphia Temple peacefully passed away. Surrounded by her closest friends who were chanting the Hare Krishna mantra at her bedside, Savitri departed from this world with a Deity of Lord Nrsimhadeva above her head, a small Deity of Lord Jagannatha and a…

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Dramas and Plays by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
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Winning the race against time

By Sri Chaitanya Chandra Das

PAST MEMORIES

After 20 years I was visiting my native village, Yelamba in the interiors of Maharashtra. My mind was anticipating so many things. Again meeting my grandparents after such a long gap would be quiet exciting. After alighting from the…

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A humble Proposal

By Jaya Kesava das

As a child I often heard my mother say cleanliness is next to Godliness; in fact I heard it everyday almost. We were kids, there was dirt around, sand castles to make, cops and robbers to play, sweat to sweat, and clothes to get dirty. Especially my brother who played soccer like drinking water. Mommy…

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Srila Prabhupada discusses the early days of Back to Godhead Magazine in the US

August 21, 1976, Hyderabad

Prabhupada: You were selling Back to Godhead on the street?

Gargamuni: Yes, in the pushcart.

Prabhupada: That time how many copies you were printing?

Gargamuni: We were printing 500 to 1,000. We started at 500 then to 1,000.

Prabhupada: Then when Brahmananda proposed that “We can get it…

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Philosoph(ies) of Education

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For over 50 years the devotees of ISKCON have undertaken educational initiatives under the inspiration of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. All such efforts are glorious.While several educational initiatives have manifested, some may not be driven by explicitly stated philosophy of education. It is important that all educational initiatives within ISKCON are driven…

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Kartik Navadwip Mandal Parikrama

It is our great pleasure to announce ISKCON MAYAPUR’s 7th annual six-day Kartik Navadwip Mandal Parikrama during the most auspicious month of Kartik (organized by the Mayapur Chandra’s). The Parikram begins on 1st of November 2019 and will end on 7th of November 2019.

There will be one day break, for Gopasthami (4th of November ) so that devotees can participate in the festival.…

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Went For a Night Walk by Bhaktimarga Swami

 
Went for a night walk
Stepping through every block
With street lights lit
I passed by he and she
Appearing happy to be
Then saying that magic word
Sweeter than the best bird
In this chill of early…
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Bhagavad-gita As It Is - 17.3

TEXT 3
sattvanurupa sarvasya

sraddha bhavati bharata

sraddha-mayo 'yam puruso

yo yac-chraddhah sa eva sah

SYNONYMS…
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Is God Partial?

By Gauranga Darshan Das

How would you feel if your parents are partial towards your sibling? Would you be comfortable when your teacher is biased towards your classmate? It is natural to expect from one’s superior or guardian a similar treatment as one’s equals receive. Any discrepancy in that leads to disappointment. Perception of partiality is painful and could…

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Earth Day

By Giriraj Swami

Anticipating Earth Day, I thought of a prayer that resonated with me in my youth: “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For He has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods. Who shall ascend…

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Mombasa Temple Builds New Apartments to Care for Congregation

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By Madhava Smullen

The ISKCON temple in Nyali in Mombasa, Kenya has recently completed the second phase of its construction – an apartment building to help care for the congregation and cultivate their spiritual lives.

The four-storey building includes ten apartments. Four of them are nearly 2,000 square feet each with three…

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The Six Waves of Time – Part 1

By Kadamba Kanana Swami

So the Lord is described as kāla-srota – waves of time. It is very interesting these waves of time. We see how it is described as the ṣaḍ ūrmayaḥ – the six waves. Actually everything comes into being, it grows, flourishes, and it gives off some by products. It begins to dwindle and then it ceases to exist. So these are also known as the six…

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Swans, Stars and Shakespeare

By Bhaktimarga Swami
 
It was an opportunity for one of those Tuesday excursions, when Jay had a day off and he could be the driver and companion for Connor and I.  Today's mission was to visit the Patels in Stratford, in their recently secured "Festival Inn" and then venture through some of the downtown shops of Victorian grandeur.  Maybe we could sneak by the…
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The Motherly Touch (Dedicated To All Mothers)

 
By Achyut Gopal Das
 
"It may be possible to gild pure gold but who can make his mother…
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